The Water Environment Federation (WEF) provides products and services to water professionals and the general public. For the general public, WEF provides a range of materials describing today's water quality issues, including household hazardous waste, biosolids recycling, and watershed management. WEF also works to inform public officials and the media about water quality through educational tours, congressional testimony, newsletters, and formal comments on regulatory and legislative matters.
For wastewater professionals, the Water Environment Federation offers Continuing Education Units for successful completion of training programs, workshops, and seminars. WEF also offers training for entry and advanced-level water professionals in the form of self-paced workbooks, classroom courses, and CD-ROM courses. In addition, WEF publishes more than 190 technical publications, including peer-reviewed Manuals of Practice (MOPs) that cover water quality topics ranging from prevention and control of sewer overflows to water reuse. Visit the Professional Development and Marketplace sections of this site for more details on any of the above programs.
To further serve water quality professionals, WEF annually hosts WEFTEC (WEF's Technical Exposition and Conference) - North America's largest conference and exposition on water quality and wastewater treatment technology and issues. In addition, WEF holds Specialty Conferences throughout the year to feature key water quality topics. Visit the Events section of the site for more on WEF-sponsored events.
WEF's Membership: Defining our Focus
WEF's greatest strength lies in its membership. WEF is comprised of individual members and Member Associations. Our individual members are from diverse backgrounds, they are: engineers, public and private plant operators and managers, students, laboratory technicians, wastewater consultants, industrial operations, retired wastewater professionals, and public officials. WEF's Member Associations carry out similar objectives to the Federation, but on a local level. Upon joining the Federation, you also become a member of the Member Association in your geographical area. Each Member Association is represented on WEF's Board of Directors, thereby having a strong impact on WEF's direction.
WEF's membership is integral to its identity and vitality. WEF staff and membership collaborate to:
research and publish the latest information on wastewater treatment and water quality protection
provide technical expertise and training on issues, including nonpoint source pollution, hazardous waste, residuals management, and groundwater
sponsor conferences and other special events around the world
review, testify, and comment on environmental regulations and legislation